Comparing 51job (NASDAQ:JOBS) & Staffing 360 Solutions (STAF)

Staffing 360 Solutions (NASDAQ: STAF) and 51job (NASDAQ:JOBS) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Staffing 360 Solutions has a beta of 0.57, meaning that its share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, 51job has a beta of 1.33, meaning that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Staffing 360 Solutions and 51job’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Staffing 360 Solutions -5.01% -113.60% -16.50%
51job 21.23% 14.29% 9.19%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Staffing 360 Solutions and 51job’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Staffing 360 Solutions $185.13 million 0.05 $1.96 million ($1.24) -0.48
51job $378.48 million 8.99 $115.46 million $1.35 41.21

51job has higher revenue and earnings than Staffing 360 Solutions. Staffing 360 Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than 51job, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Staffing 360 Solutions and 51job, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Staffing 360 Solutions 0 0 0 1 4.00
51job 0 0 1 0 3.00

Staffing 360 Solutions presently has a consensus target price of $2.00, suggesting a potential upside of 233.22%. 51job has a consensus target price of $60.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.86%. Given Staffing 360 Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Staffing 360 Solutions is more favorable than 51job.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

2.6% of Staffing 360 Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 42.6% of 51job shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.8% of Staffing 360 Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

51job beats Staffing 360 Solutions on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Staffing 360 Solutions Company Profile

Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc. operates in the staffing sector. The Company is engaged in the execution of a global buy-and-build strategy through the acquisition of domestic and international staffing organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom. Its targeted consolidation model is focused on the finance and accounting, administrative, engineering and information technology (IT) staffing space.

51job Company Profile

51job, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of integrated human resource services in China. The Company focuses on online recruitment advertising. The Company operates over three Websites, including www.51job.com, www.yingjiesheng.com and www.51jingying.com, which are utilized by a base of corporate employers, reach an audience of job seekers and aggregate job information from over 100 cities across China. The Company provides a range of human resource services in the categories, such as recruitment advertising services, including online recruitment services provided by its Websites, and other human resource related services, including business process outsourcing, training, campus recruitment, professional assessment tools, salary and other human resource related surveys, human resource conferences and executive search services.

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